Kim Kardashian is on the cover of the next issue of American Vogue, the magazine has announced, thrilling the reality TV starlet and unleashing a torrent of Twitter outrage among fashionistas.
Kardashian, 33, appears in a strapless gown in the arms of her fiance, hip hop maestro Kanye West, over the headline: “Kim and Kanye: Their Fashionable Life and Surreal Times” and hashtag #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple.
On the inside pages, the couple appear in photographs by Annie Leibovitz walking down a desert highway and lounging in a private jet. Their nine-month-old daughter North West also makes a cameo appearance.
The star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians tweeted:
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) March 21, 2014
West – who told an interviewer in 2013 there was “no way” Kardashian shouldn’t be on Vogue’s cover – was equally pleased, telling his @kanyewest followers:
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 21, 2014
Fashion enthusiasts flocked to Twitter as well to challenge the logic of Vogue editor Anna Wintour making a sophisticated cover girl out of a Hollywood celebrity who more regularly appears in downmarket tabloids.
“Hell hath frozen over,” tweeted Canadian fashion magazine Flare, while style bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez said: “This is NOTHING about fashion.”
Twitter user @ahDORIble posted that: “The last ounce of respect I had for Anna Wintour and Vogue is officially gone.”
The April issue of Vogue, with a “spring chic” theme, hits US newsstands on March 31, a week after the release of its digital version.